Day 19 | 30 Days of Prayer | Colorado
Today we pray for Volunteers: Debbie, Linda, Terri, Faith, Rachel, Karen
On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.” (Acts 4:23-24)
Dear Heavenly Father,
New relationships are often birthed during the Thrive Retreat’s small group times. Made up of two volunteers and five to seven attendees who are married or single and from different backgrounds and areas of service, the small groups will meet several times during the retreat.
As they process together what the speaker has shared, each attendee will have a chance to get to know the others as they share their life stories with each other and process the messages they are hearing. Please help each one to feel safe, honored and respected as they share. Please teach them how to care and pray for each other. Please help them to fall deeper in love with You as they share this time with each other.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Attendee Country of Service Prayer Focus Nation: Philippines
Challenges for Prayer:
Special ministry challenges:
a) Students, over 2.5 million in 1,800 tertiary colleges and universities. Many agencies are involved: CCCI with vision for Christian movements on 125 campuses nationwide, IVCF(IFES) with 42 staff in ministry on 125 campus chapters, Navigators, AoG and others. There are also many locally initiated student ministries such as Student Missionary Outreach and Student Movement for Christ International. Pray for effective evangelical cooperation, multiplication of conversions and the development of a nationwide student missions movement.
b) Children. More than half of the population are under age 20. CEF has over 120 workers with ministry for school children in 55 areas. However, 24% of school-aged children are unable to attend school; most either work or have no local school. There are 75,000 street kids in Manila alone. Action International, International Teams and World Vision are just three of dozens of ministries focused on childrenes.
Excerpts taken from Operation World
About the author
Linda Swanson serves with Paraclete as a member care provider, retreat speaker and spiritual director. She comes alongside global workers to help them be effective in life and ministry. Via Skype, Linda provides spiritual direction for global workers. With her husband, Kevin, Linda served for 28 years with MAF, both overseas as a pilot/mechanic family and at headquarters in administration and member care. During eight of those years, she helped direct Fairhaven Ministries, a retreat center for clergy and global workers. Now, Linda lives in Englewood, New Jersey where her husband is a pastor with the Evangelical Covenant Church. Their two children are married and they have two grandsons.View all articles by: Linda Swanson
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